'R.I.P.D.' Snags Director Robert Schwentke

R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) has found a director in the form of Robert Schwentke, whose latest film, Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous) is about to hit theaters this October.

When last we reported on R.I.P.D., Ryan Reynolds was attached to star and McG was being considered for the director's chair. No doubt a certain contingent of movie fans are going to be happy that McG is out - but will they be happy that Schwentke is in?

R.I.P.D. (if you can't tell from the title) is an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book series about "divine law enforcement" in the afterlife. If you want more details, check out the comic book's official synopsis:

Welcome to the Rest In Peace Department -- the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement "patrolling the deadbeat...reporting to one boss." Yep -- THAT boss. Nick Cruz was murdered by an unknown assailant, at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he's traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him. Unfortunately his search will take him to Hell and back -- literally!

Reynolds is playing Cruz (wait...isn't the character Latino? Or am I reading into that wrong?) and you can expect that the film adaptation will follow allowing the lines of the synopsis above.

Early word is that Schwentke did a pretty good job balancing the action, humor and genre conventions of Red (which is also a comic book movie), and since I've only viewed his other work with a casual eye - such as Flightplan and The Time Traveler's Wife - I'm not really the authority to say whether he's right for R.I.P.D. or not.

R.I.P.D. comic book

However, I do have some reservations about this film in general:

  1. Hearing that Ryan Reynolds will be playing a cop who hangs out with all the freaky creatures of the afterlife gives me a bit of pause, considering that the actor will also be playing a cop who hangs out with all the freaky creatures of outer space in Green Lantern. Since GL comes out before R.I.P.D., the latter film may suffer from comparisonitus.
  2. Ryan Reynolds taking on yet another comic book hero role cast a growing shadow of doubt over the actor's commitment to playing Deadpool in that big-screen adaptation. Personally I'm one of those people who equates a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds, and if it's a choice between Deadpool and R.I.P.D., then I'm "Team Deadpool" all the way.
  3. Depending on the reaction to Red, this film could end up being highly-anticipated or dead in the water come October.

For now we'll keep you posted on the development of the R.I.P.D. movie. Stay Tuned.

Source: Universal Pictures

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